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Writing And Photography Are Perfect Bedfellows

Updated on November 6, 2013

A true photograph need not be explained, nor can it be contained in words.
Ansel Adams

My wife, Bev, recently bought me a Nikon D3200 for my birthday present. I am in heaven. If I didn’t love her before, and I did, I would worship the ground she walks on now, and I do!

Amazing what five hundred well-spent dollars will do for a relationship, isn’t it? LOL

Seriously, the camera Bev bought me is the perfect gift, and I mean the PERFECT gift, simply because I am a writer by trade, and I consider a good camera to be the second-most important tool of my trade after, of course, my computer.

Quite simply, I cannot imagine a writer not having a good digital camera. In today’s hurried world, most of us do not have the time to write detailed notes for future reference. The camera has become the 21st Century note-taker for writers, and with online opportunities, a well-taken picture truly is worth a thousand words to any writer.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits a good camera will give to a writer.

Capture a scene
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Creating a Scene for a Story or Novel

I am the first to admit that I am not very creative when it comes to setting scenes, but that does not mean I am handicapped in my writing endeavors….not when I have a camera.

Several times each month I go out and take random pictures of scenes. There is no objective to doing this other than to add to my growing file of scenes from which I can draw inspiration later when writing. I will take pictures of a harbor; I will take pictures of the lobby of a building. I will take pictures of children playing at a playground and I will take pictures of laborers building a home. The specifics of the pictures are then recorded so that when I need to write a scene later I have a visual example to draw upon. Why struggle to mentally create a scene while writing when all I have to do is look at a picture and recreate that scene with words?

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Future characters in my novels | Source

Some photo tips

Describing Characters for a Story or Novel

Again, I don’t believe in re-inventing the wheel, and I certainly don’t believe in straining my brain when it is not necessary.

Yes, I go out and take random pictures of people. They are out in public and I don’t need permission to do so, and my camera is primed and ready to capture my fellow human beings in all of their glory.

A beautiful woman in a floral dress; a homeless guy sleeping under the freeway overpass; a businessman dressed in his thousand dollar Armani; they are all there to capture so that I can draw upon them when I need to describe characters in my next story or novel.

I find people fascinating, and here in my hometown of Olympia, Washington, there are thousands of great subjects to shoot in a very healthy way. I can find great examples of villains and spinsters and stoned, aging hippies. If I can imagine a person for my next book then I can find that person walking the streets of my city, and a picture will help me immensely when it comes time to write about that character.

Describe this in words
Describe this in words | Source

STOCKPILING RANDOM PICTURES FOR ARTICLES

As a freelance writer I often need a picture that relates to an article I am writing. The more pictures I take of random “stuff,” the better my chances of having a picture to support my article. I even take pictures of interesting signs I see because I never know when I am going to need those pictures.

If I am writing an article about drug abuse, and I want to say “Stop Drugs,” a picture of a stop sign will come in handy. Similarly, I have pictures of recycle bins and billboard advertisements. At the time when I am taking the pictures I have no plan for their use, but it is amazing how many of those pictures have been needed eventually.

DON’T FORGET NATURE

If you had to describe a golden sunset right now, before the sun sets, could you do it? Would it be easier if you had a picture of a golden sunset on your computer right now? If you had to describe the tapestry of shadows on a hillside, could you do it? How about the different colors of a lake’s surface as the sun shines on it? Or the subtleties of clouds as they form on the horizon?

Do you have a mental picture of certain rocks, or plants, shells or animals? What does your yard look like as ground fog settles in?

Of course we have all seen these things, but remembering them in detail when we want to write about them is another thing altogether, isn’t it?

TAKE PICTURES TO ANSWER QUESTIONS OR POSE QUESTIONS

Have you ever driven along in your car and seen something that didn’t make sense? With a camera you can capture whatever it was and your picture will serve as a reference point, possibly for a future article about the unknown.

My photocopy machine
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USE YOUR CAMERA AS A PHOTOCOPY MACHINE

Yes, I have done this. In fact, there is an example in the picture to the right.

Have you ever gone to a museum and wished you could capture the historical text on a display? Instead of standing there writing it out in longhand, take a picture. As you may have surmised by now, this writer is not big on writing longhand.

REMEMBER TO CREATE FILES

For your sanity, please organize your pictures and put them into similar files. You can have a file that is labeled “possible scenes” and one labeled “possible characters.” I have files for interesting facial expressions and files for street signs.

I don’t know about you but for me, time is valuable. I have far too much to do to be scanning through thousands of photos trying to find one in particular. Filing solves that problem, saves me time and thus makes me happy.

MAKE MAGAZINE EDITORS HAPPY AND INCREASE YOUR EARNINGS

Magazine editors will pay for original and high-quality photos that accompany your article, so for goodness sake take pictures when you have scored a writing gig with a magazine. Why share the financial bounty if you don’t have to?

TAKING PICTURES IS THE PERFECT SOLUTION TO WRITER’S BLOCK OR BURNOUT

Yes, we all, from time to time, suffer from burnout or writer’s block. We either can’t conceive of writing again because we are so tired of writing, or we are suffering from brain freeze and can’t think an original thought.

Go take pictures. It will get your creative juices flowing once more if you have a brain cramp, and if you are tired of writing it will just give you a different creative outlet, one that requires no thought and very little effort.

This video had me laughing

Now There Is Only One Thing Left to Do

Follow these simple steps:

1) Grab your camera

2) Step outside of your home

3) Point and shoot

4) Go back home feeling accomplished.

Now wasn’t that easy?

The first camera I had once I became a freelance writer was a Minolta I picked up on ebay for $20. It gave me two years of wonderful friendship and service, and was one of the best investments I have made as a writer.

Can you just imagine the rewards I am going to receive with my new Nikon? I am breathless with anticipation and almost giddy with excitement.

Try it; you just might like it!

2013 William D. Holland (aka billybuc)

“Helping writers to spread their wings and fly.”

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Writing And Photography Are Perfect Bedfellows incredible idea writers need a camera to make their work look great online. I did the same with my camera yesterday and it felt so nice to have my own photos to my own articles. Great hub and I enjoyed using my camera.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Good for you DDE and thanks for your thoughts on it. I do love taking pictures.

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      Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

      I love taking pictures and will say that this year I truly got more in touch with this and thank Kevin for my new camera at Mother's Day for helping me out with this one big time. Like you, I feel photos really do make the article at hand that much better. So, I truly couldn't agree more. Thanks for sharing and wishing you a great Wednesday now!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Janine! There is no doubt that you love taking pictures. LOL Anyone who follows your blog knows that.

      Have a great day my friend.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Bill, your enthusiasm is infectious, I'm falling in love with my Nikon all over again just reading your words. Looking forward to many more captured moments. :)

      My best.

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      I love this, Bill, and I totally agree. I snap photographs all the time and usually end up getting back to them to write a Hub. I've also posted photographs on Flickr and have had people offer to purchase them for brochures, etc. Its very cool - not very often, but still quite a little ego boost! I love your new camera - what a special gift from Bev!!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Very nice! I'm hoping for a new camera for Christmas so I can step up my pictures as well. And I love taking pictures! Thanks for the great article. Voted up!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jo, I love it...inspiring people is contagious and infectious my friend. I absolutely love it.

      And I greatly appreciate you.

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, anyone who follows you on Facebook knows how much you love to take pictures. LOL I don't think you go anywhere without your camera, do you? I love it.

      Thank you Steph!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      VVAnNess, thanks for taking the time from writing your many hubs to visit me. I appreciate it.

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      I do the same thing, Bill. I'll grab my camera and takes shots of the sky or a hawk or a woodpecker pecking away. I'm constantly taking pictures. I bring my camera with me when I go on an outing and have it on my kitchen table, at the ready when a scene in my yard strikes my fancy. I do try to categorize them, but don't always do so. At the very least, I name the photo so I can identify what was happening or what I was thinking when I took the shot.

      I've also taken photos of old snapshots I have. The lighting isn't always right, however. Then I remembered the scan feature of my printer. Now I scan old photos so they have a place in my computer ready for use.

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      Stephanie Hicks 3 years ago from Bend, Oregon

      LOL!! I guess I am pretty obvious. My poor family members. :-)

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I really noticed your photos on your "Backroads". Learned much here today. Thanks much. I smell a hub here "The Photos of Our Lives"

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sha, exactly! I have scanned quite a few of our old photos and have many more to do....the work is never done, is it my friend? :) Thanks as always for the visit, Sha.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Steph, they don't seem to mind too much. They are always smiling. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Eric, I love it....great hub title. Do it buddy!

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      Bill,

      This is indeed a gap that I have...my hubby looks for ideas and I am a hard one to shop for as material things don't appeal...but I do so love to absorb all that is around me and cannot think of better inspiration.

      I will be adding this to my slim list and I thank you. Love, Maria

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh for certain, Maria....a camera is a must for a writer. Tell him to get you the Nikon. :)

      blessings always my friend, and of course love

      bill

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      The first camera I had was a Box Brownie when I was 8, given to me by my father. I've been taking photos ever since (not with that camera now but I still have it!). Like you, I take photos of all sorts of things just in case they come in useful. I use photos of places I visit as a base for travel hubs but you're right that they also make a great start for stories etc. I've also gained money for photos with articles; it's a must as far as I'm concerned.

      In fact, you've given me a fresh idea of how to make use of a series of photos taken years ago; why didn't I think of it before?! Thanks, bill!

      Ann

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Ann, I am smiling broadly. Fantastic that you thought of a new idea. Well done and thank you!

      bill

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      Sally Gulbrandsen 3 years ago from Norfolk

      Perfect - I am so delighted with your enthusiasm and of course I am so pleased that you choose Nikon. Why, because I use a Nikon D200 - a little out of date now. I would like to upgrade to one which takes takes videos, which I think yours does. Watch out YouTube, here comes Billybuc.

      I use my camera for all of the above and and seldom go anywhere without it. Sometimes I go out especially to take photos for a Hub - seems silly not to when everything if you are in a place you might not go back to anytime soon - hence the Exploring the Back Roads of Paris Hub.

      Can't wait to see some more of your images - maybe Flickr or Ephotozine!

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Bill: You and I think so much alike as writers it is almost scary. I am out taking photos all the time and stocking them for writing. Great minds think alike. LOL you take the time to write out these thoughts in hubs which I am glad you do. I must be doing something right if I follow your suggestions before you even write them. LOL. Don't you just love your new camera. I have that model or one similar. I keep forgetting to look it up but my camera looks just like yours. I think Nikon are the best cameras and Bev really loves you to put out that kind of money. Life is good, isn't it?

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      Scott P Williams 3 years ago from Miami, Florida

      With this type of approach you can almost never run out of topics to write about.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Sally yes...listen to you and your enthusiasm. It's infectious my friend.

      Yes, my camera takes videos although I have to admit I haven't tried it yet, but you can bet I will. Perhaps on the next Exploring hub I will add a video of the town. So many opportunities and so little time. :0 Thank you my Norfolk friend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Suzette, I love your last line the most...life is good indeed. There is no doubt Bev loves me; she continues to put up with me and that's got to be proof of true love. LOL

      Great minds do think alike, Suzette. Of that I have no doubt. :) Thank you for giving me a smile this morning.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Scott, you got that right my friend. Taking pictures is a great way to give birth to article ideas. :) thank you

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      All reading except fiction and even then---more interesting and more apt to read the entire thing. Pictures tell stories all by themselves.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      They do indeed Carol. Thanks for mentioning that....hey, how are you doing? Are you still writing? How are the handbags selling?

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      Thank you for this great informational hub. Jamie

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      Brian Prickril 3 years ago from Savannah, GA

      Hi, Bill. Glad you're enjoying the new camera. I have always agreed with your concept of the two art forms being similar. In my fiction, I strive to create a sort of telepathic "snapshot" for the reader. And in photography, I understand the importance of a good scene and main character.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I am so glad that you are using your camera. I got one a few years ago for myself and started really getting into it this year. I love it. Although I'm an organized person, I only recently started naming my pictures after I transfer them from RAW to jpegs and they are perfect for reasons that you had stated, especially using here, and on blogs and websites.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      I carry my little digital camera everywhere with me. Whenever I am thinking of a topic to write, I go into my library of photos, and I will find inspiration. I can't afford a camera as nice as yours, but mine does the job. Great Hub. Voted UP and shared.

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      Denise W Anderson 3 years ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      Hey, now that is something I can do! I have been looking for a reason to get out of the house with my camera. Now you are telling me I don't need a reason. That is reason enough for me! Look out, world, here I come!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jamie, it is my pleasure. Thanks for stopping by once again.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brian, great points. A writer who does not paint a snapshot for the reader is missing a key ingredient of writing. Thanks for your observations.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Indeed they are, Liz! I have a lot to learn with this new camera; it's a bit high tech for me, but I love it. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Mary, any camera will do. I worked with a camera for two years that i picked up on ebay for twenty bucks. The important thing is to just have a camera. :) Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...Denise, you made me laugh. Nope, no reason required my friend. Get out there and start clicking away, and thanks for the laugh.

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      For years, I have been using pictures to help break up writer's block. But I've been viewing other people's pictures, not my own. While I'm still getting my feet wet here at hubpages about legality of photo use of different websites, I've been sticking with the sites I know are free use. I live in Florida and the nature here is just beautiful. What an inspiring idea you have given with this hub to kick start people like me to get out and take our own photos. TY :)

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Jeepers billy you are going to need many files believe me. I leave the number on the picture and name it like MS mostly sky/ MC mostly clouds/ flowers/ CS countryside and on and on but then after awhile you have the same title and number so then...start organizing at the beginning or it will be a mess. Hey and when you have like thousand like I do, you can get a US copyright on all of them for $35 online or you could the last I did it. Not bad and no worry of someone taking your beloved shot...and if you don't have any yet...you will...lol

      ^+

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      I couldn't have said it better Bill! What a perfect pair they are, writing and photography. You've certainly pointed out ideas I have to admit, I hadn't thought of; taking the pictures then writing the story!

      You are such a bonus!

      Voted up, useful, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Heidi Thorne 3 years ago from Chicago Area

      Totally agree that you need to be able to take a decent photo. Doesn't have to be a great photo (depending on the market and topic), but one that helps tell the story or make a point.

      These days, I find myself relying more and more on my iPhone camera since it's always with me. I'm not thrilled with the quality, but am thrilled with the convenience. But the results are okay for what I need.

      I do have a digital camera (from 2002 and it's still works very well). I even had one of the first digital cameras with a 3.5" floppy. Oh dear Lord, how far we've come!

      BTW, your new pics are looking awesome!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Mary! You are very welcome, and thank you so much for the mention on Facebook. I'm all about writers helping other writers, so any old time you have a question feel free to reach out.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Great suggestions, Jackie. I had not thought of a copyright but it's nice to know they don't cost that much. Thank you for that.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Aww, thanks Mary! Just trying to do my share, and I am very grateful for people like you who support me constantly. You all make me want to be better.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL....heidi, we have come a long way. I had forgotten about the 3.5" floppy. Oh goodness gracious!

      Thank you as always; I'm not a tech guy but I understand the value in good tech presence. I'll eventually learn all the tricks of this new Nikon and then watch out world!

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Hello Der billybuc

      I am a visual person and loved your hub. If we recognize the beauty around us we can face almost anything in this world.

      Great Hub and God Bless

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stages, thank you so much. The world needs more visual people such as yourself. :) Blessings to you always.

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      Mary Wickison 3 years ago from Brazil

      Very good advice, as usual. It never occurred to me to take them, as a source of stock photography for future use.

      Alas, here in Brazil, outside our little piece of paradise , it is risky.

      I know the next gift Bev should get you. A shirt that says, "Smile, you could be in my next novel".

      Have a wonderful evening.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Blond Logic, so nice to hear from you again. I hope you are well. I"m sorry to hear that things are not safe outside of your area. Stay safe and thank you so much for the visit.

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 years ago from Northern California, USA

      Oh, I didn't know that I didn't have to get people's permission if the picture is taken in a public place. That has always been my concern - trying to get a picture without people's faces in it. That's good to know.

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Bill. I don't know what I would do without my camera. It is an extension of my writing. I bring my camera everyone and take photos of everything just in case I can write a hub about it later.

      You owe Bev big time my friend. Enjoy your new toy.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Marlene, if I want to take a picture of someone up close I always ask, but overall, in public, it is a free land for a photographer. Glad we could answer that question for you. :) Thanks as always for being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh Bill, I owe Bev for so much more than that. :) Thank you and keep taking those great pictures.

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I know the feeling of receiving a new camera! Especially a nice one! I received my new camera two years ago and I just love it! But what was really interesting it that when I took pictures of some of my projects with my new camera, I could see a thread of glue that didn't remove and that I didn't see on the project... so that meant that the camera was really good to pick up all the little imperfections. A good thing that I have Photoshop ;-)

      I love your idea to take pictures of people or places that could be useful to write a story. I never thought of using a camera this way. When I don't take picture of my projects, I love taking pictures of children's hands creating art :-) Animals are also a great subject for pictures.

      When I was a teacher, we had a program to encourage kids to do better (academically, behaviorally, etc.) and I was the one in charge of taking pictures around the school. I just loved it :-))) I am pretty sure you will enjoy your new toy a lot! And we will benefit of it by looking at your great pictures :-)

      Thanks for sharing another great hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Joelle, thanks for sharing your experiences. I'm sure the program at school that you were in charge of did wonders for some of those kids. Good for you my friend. As for the camera, it is pretty complicated and I have a lot to learn, but it will be a fun kind of learning for sure.

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      Lisa Williams 3 years ago

      This is fantastic advice! I don't have a digital camera, I use my husbands phone. However, I LOVE to take pictures and I have at least five articles planed based on pictures I have already taken. Now all I have to do is find the time to write them. =)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well, Lisa, if you figure out how to make more time please let me know. LOL

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      I really want to get a better camera next year, but for now the one I have will do fine. I really enjoy taking photos of everything, and they have come in handy.

      I like all of the ideas for things to use the photos for (as inspiration, and for articles).

      Thanks for sharing this with us, and have a great night!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Hi Kathryn! Thanks for taking the time to stop by this evening. I hope things are going well for you in CT...take care and best wishes in the weeks to come.

      bill

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Photos are great and when we go back through them, it is so delightful and brings back so many memories, we may have not otherwise remembered and then inspiration will come to write for sure! I do not have a good camera. My daughter is the one with the nice camera that she bought for when she was going through college. Maybe I can borrow her camera ... I do have my cell ... : ), which actually takes pretty good photos much to my surprise lol, but of course not professional. I have some on my hubs and people think they are from a real camera. I love being able to be spontaneous and have it with me all the time to snap a shot here and there, especially in my daily travels. Although, on the other hand, I do love to go places in my mind and then write creatively from the memories that are visually implanted there ... sometime we can never forget such beauty we have seen.

      Bev has a good heart to give her man such a gift to thrill his heart and further his writing .... as they say, behind every good man is a great woman!

      Blessings, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No doubt about it, Faith; I have a very good woman behind me.

      I am the keeper of our family's pictures, some dating back to the tin type days....love looking at them and remembering.

      blessings and thanks as always

      bill

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      oops I meant Dear billybuc I am visual and the queen of typos LOL

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      What a fabulous hub, as I can feel your enthusiasm for photography. You are brimming with ideas on how to use the camera, and I will borrow some of these ideas that I do not presently use. I particularly enjoy the suggestion of taking photos of strangers in public in order to use them to craft characters at some later point. I never thought of that but love it!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      These are such great tips! I have a Canon Rebel that I bought a while back. My problem is the techy part of it. Meaning, I have no idea how to organize my pictures on my computer. Right now everything is in order by date. I really need to figure out how to make little files for the types of pictures I have.

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      Sherri Tuck 3 years ago from Virginia

      I love this article. Sometimes my camera writes the poem for me as in the case of the Bodie Light poem that I wrote. Sometimes the camera picks up details that we miss the first time.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Your enthusiam and energy are bursting from the page. Great tips here on character development and thought triggers. Also, I find your limitless creativity fascinating and helpful. I always look forward to reading your work.

      I always have a camera with me and a notebook because you just never know when you will need it :)

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Wow you wrote this one just for me didn't you Billy ha ha!!Wonderful hub and voted up of course. Have wonderful day .

      Eddy.

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      informationshelte 3 years ago

      Hi billybuc,

      I have to say that I really enjoyed your enthusiasm in writing about your new camera!

      There is a serious risk though: You may fall in love with the camera more than with your wife, and you then you can find yourself in serious trouble (!) I hope she is an understanding person when it comes to you hobby.

      And yes, a great picture is worth a thousand words. I wish you find your way to a higher level of creativity with your new photography equipment and take your best shots! You have a unique talent in turning photos into writing, as this needs a lot of imagination.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Stages....LOL....thanks for clearing that up. :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Flourish, you just brought a smile to my face. I love it when we share ideas. Thank you!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Brandi, when you have time google it....it really is simple if I can do it. :) Thanks for stopping by and good luck.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sherri, excellent point and yes, I have written entire hubs based on one picture.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Anna, I am excited about this stuff and I want everyone to share in that excitement. Thank you for noticing and of course for being here.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Eddy, how did you know? yes my dear, this one is for you and I'm so glad you stopped by and saw it.

      Have a wonderful day my friend and thank you.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Information, thank you so much. I think my wife is safe from that danger but nevertheless I will be on guard for it. LOL Thank you!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      The camera sound great and stockpiling pictures is a great idea. After all they say a picture is worth a 1,000 words. Great hub.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Pamela! I love this new camera; now all I have to do is find the time to go out and have fun with it.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      So generous of Bev to see that her man gets a Nikon Camera. Whoo - Whoo! Lisa has the same model and after viewing her photos of beautiful Idyllwild, I'm convinced it is a "top-of-the-line product. Can't wait to see your new photos featured in future hubs and blogs.

      A delightful and inspiring hub dear Bill. Up, more, and sharing. ~ Hugs, Audrey

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      Victor W. Kwok 3 years ago from Hawaii

      Interesting idea, bill.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Audrey my dear, thank you! I am a pretty lucky man; Bev is a gem and I am fully aware of what a beauty she is. Thank you so much.

      love

      bill

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thanks vkwok! Take care my friend.

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      Roberta Kyle 3 years ago from Central New Jersey

      TErrific and much needed information here. We all know how many words one picture is worth, after all.... thanks a lot Bullybuc. Voting this one up and useful all the way around. Thanks for sharing

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 3 years ago from Pune, India

      I always carry my camera with me wherever I go. The benefit is that I get many opportunities of taking photographs that are useful for my articles.

      Your Hub is very useful and inspiring for writers. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      robie, thank you very much and you are welcome. Have a great weekend.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jainismus, you are a wise writer to carry your camera everywhere. One never knows when the perfect picture will appear. Thank you!

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      Fotinoula Gypsyy 3 years ago from NYC BABY

      I love tAking pictures! This was very true! Thanks :)

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you EuroNinila; I appreciate you stopping by.

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      Jenn-Anne 3 years ago

      Using your camera to capture pictures of people and places that you can later use to help you describe scenes and settings in your writing is BRILLIANT! I sometimes struggle with the best way to describe places in my stories and being able to draw on a photograph to assist me will be a huge help! Wonderful hub, as always.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Jenn-Anne, it's nice to see you again. I hope you are well my friend, and I'm glad you found this helpful. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      Enjoy your new camera, Bill. I would comment more at length but I must run out now and take some photos. Any kind of photos. Hasta la vista.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      drbj, I am quite happy that you are out taking pictures rather than hanging around my dusty old site. :) Thanks for stopping by on your way to shutter heaven.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

      I have really found that for my types of hubs, good photography is essential and my views really do go up on my hubs with good photos. Really important and useful hub for all types of writers.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Glimmer, I would think that good pictures are crucial for craft hubs; people want to see the process and the finished product. Thanks for your thoughts.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I walk around looking for photo opportunities. My hubby is getting used to having to wait while I take a picture. As you say, photos get the creative juices going and inspire writing. Funny video post!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Dianna, I do the same thing; Bev loves going out and taking pictures. Half the time she is the one showing me something to shoot. :)

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      Deb Hirt 3 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      As the old saying goes pictures are worth a thousand words.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Deb, this is definitely a lesson you do not need. :) Good to have you back.

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      LaDena Campbell 3 years ago from Somewhere Over The Rainbow - Near Oz...

      My daughter recently bought me an awesome Canon camera as a thank you present. It's one I've always wanted, but could never afford on my own. I love taking pictures, and have often doen what you suggest - just take my camera - even if it was the camera on my phone - and take pictures of anything I could find. I use these pictures for my hubs - mostly because I don't like trying to figure out how to give a photo the proper credit! It's easier for me to use one of my own pictures! Great hub, as always!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      LOL...LaDena, that's one reason I take pictures for hubs as well. Giving credit is too much of a hassle for this old man. :) Thanks for the laugh, the visit and enjoy that Canon.

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      JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      Your hub surely has inspired me to try this out. It made me ask myself, why did I not do this long before. I have a DLSR camera and I am sure I will be able to do what you have suggested. Up for this hub!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      JPSO138, I certainly hope you do try it. You just might find it adds a whole new dimension to your articles. Thanks for the visit.

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      Aga 3 years ago

      I couldn't agree more! Great hub, Bill!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Thank you Monis; I always appreciate you visiting.

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      Deborah Neyens 3 years ago from Iowa

      Your tip on using your camera as a photocopy machine made me smile. I often take photos of the placards and signs at a museum or historical site so I don't have to take notes.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love it Deb! Great minds think alike. :)

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